The Pennsylvania native topped a 120-player field to take down this event along with $311,817.
Winning his second-career gold bracelet was far from easy, given some of the big names in the field. Robert Mizrachi (18th, $15.4k), Phil Hellmuth (16th, $15.4k), Daniel Negreanu (13th, $17.9k), and Shaun Deeb (12th, $21.3k) all had deep finishes.
The final table didn’t get any easier for McKeehen, as he faced Terrence Chan (8th, $32.4k), JC Tran (5th, $71.9k), Ben Yu (4th, $97.9k), and Sorel Mizzi (3rd, $136k).
McKeehen started with a 3:2 chip advantage over his heads-up opponent, Jared Talarico. The Main Event champ continued increasing his lead and reduced Talarico to a single big blind. The latter was forced to shove with 4-3; McKeehen called with 10-5 and won when he paired his 5 on a board of Q-J-A-8-5.
Following his victory, McKeehen talked about how tough the competition is in an event like this.
“It’s a $10,000 tournament,” he said. “Here, they’re all going to be really tough at the end. All the good players come out for them.”
The 25-year-old also admitted that the cards were in his favor throughout most of the 2017 WSOP Limit Hold’em Championship.
“It’s limit hold’em. You can get really short but if you win some hands you’ll have all the chips,” said McKeehen. “I had a great run.”
With his latest win, McKeehen now has $13,598,884 in career tournament winnings. This places him No. 24 on the all-time poker winnings list.
2017 WSOP $10k Limit Hold’em Championship Final Table
1. Joe McKeehen – $311,817
2. Jared Talarico – $192,717
3. Sorel Mizzi – $135,985
4. Ben Yu – $97,904
5. J.C. Tran – $71,949
6. Robert Campbell – $53,995
7. Ray Henson – $41,399
8. Terrence Chan – $32,443
9. Aaron Sacks – $26,000